George Atkins Communications Award

The George Atkins Communications Award was established in 1991 to recognize rural radio broadcasters for their outstanding commitment and contribution to food security and poverty reduction in low-income countries. The award is named after Dr. George S. Atkins, the Founding Director of Farm Radio International.

The award is presented each year to an individual that demonstrates overall programming excellence in responding to small-scale farmers’ needs as well as commitment to Farm Radio International.

The following individuals and organizations have received the award since its inception:

  • 2013 *three winners
    Lydia Ajono,
    Radio Gurune, Ghana
  • Anthony Lwanga
    Kagadi Kibaale Community Radio (KKCR), Uganda
  • Kasooha Ismael
    Kagadi Kibaale Community Radio (KKCR), Uganda
  • 2012 *dual winners
    Emmanuel Asamoah
    General Manager
    Rite FM, Ghana
  • Lazarus Laiser
    Broadcaster, Trainer
    Habari Maalum Media, Tanzania
  • 2010
    Grace Amito
    Mega FM, Uganda
  • 2009
    Gladson Makowa
    The Story Workshop, Malawi
  • 2008
    Rachel Awuor Adipo
    Ugunja Community Resource Centre, Kenya
  • 2007
    Kwabena Agyei
    Classic FM, Ghana
  • 2006
    Alison Data Phido
    Program Director
    African Radio Drama Association, Nigeria
  • 2005
    Aaron Kaah
    Oku Rural Radio Station (95.2 FM), Cameroon
  • 2004
    Sachia Ngutsav
    Radio Benue, Nigeria
  • 2003
    Bernardo Caamal Itza
    Radio XEPET, Mexico
  • 2001
    Adelina Carreno
    ViSCA Radio School on the Air, Philippines
  • 2000
    Beltran Meza Quiros
    Radio Sonora Radio Fides, Costa Rica
  • 1999
    Sustainable-agriculture & Environmental Voluntary Action (SEVA)
    Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1998
    Haroldo Dilagosto
    Domingo F. Sarmiento FM Radio-School, Argentina
  • 1997
    Veuve Carlo Hubert
    Radio Petion-Ville, Haiti
  • 1996
    James Achanyi-Fontem
    Project Director
    Radio Cameroon Farm Service, Cameroon Link, Cameroon
  • 1995
    Miguel Moncada Valladares
    Manager & Broadcaster
    The Voice of Atlantida, Honduras
  • 1994
    Peter Afekoro
    Agricultural Specialist
    Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nigeria
  • 1993
    McRei Mannuel Kei
    Rural Broadcast Officer
    National Broadcasting Commission, Papua New Guinea
  • 1992
    Carlos Cordero Jimenez
    Communications Consultant, Costa Rica
  • 1991
    Ahmed Baba Counta
    Head, Division of Educational Rural Radio
    Office of Radio and Television Broadcasting, Senegal